What if you were pursued through the mountains by killers and tracked by dogs? Could you outrun them? Could you outwit them? Could you turn and defeat them? Many a young man has had the flight of fancy of an extreme survival adventure. Author Stephen Ore brings this scenario to life in Round Trip (Raven Publishing, $14), set in the Tobacco Root Mountains of southwest Montana. The lead character, 17-year-old Matt Lewis, inadvertently stumbles upon evidence that the wealthy rancher he works for is actually a drug dealer, knowledge that puts Matt’s life in jeopardy. Although dubious about the book from the opening chapter, the more I read, the more captivating the story became, with later chapters being riveting—to the point that I couldn’t put it down. The story is personal for me, being set in the local communities of Pony and Harrison, with Lewis tromping through the same mountains and forests I grew up in. We’ve heard rumors of shady drug dealers setting up shop here, and we’ve had those mysterious out-of-state millionaires with big ranches drop in from time to time via airplane. Who knows where their money really comes from?